July 21, 2018: SOAP #3152: 2Kings 18-19; 2Chronicles 32; James 5
Scripture: 2Chronicles (NIV) 32:7 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. 8 With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah the king of Judah said.
Observation: The Assyrian army had recently taken the northern nation of Israel captive and now they were ready to take Judah. From all logical observations, King Hezekiah should have surrendered without a fight. But Hezekiah was leading Judah in a time of national repentance and honoring God. Hezekiah’s confidence was not in Judah’s ability to resist the Assyrian army; his confidence was in Judah’s God, the God of creation!
In verses 7 and 8 above, King Hezekiah addressed the nation. His words were full of faith and imparted faith and confidence to the people!
Application: Our nation needs people of faith to be leaders and to speak out their faith. We need leaders who act and talk like God is with them and is greater than any problem we face as a nation!
God is with me and is greater than anything I will face today. That is the truth, and I need to talk and act like it is true! My words should encourage the faith of others.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, raise up national leaders whose faith in you can be seen and heard. Keep reminding me to speak the truth of Your presence and power. You are not only with me, you are for me! Your wisdom and power are more than sufficient for anything I will face today. May those around me gain confidence in you. Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!